Argyll and Bute's Community Food Growing Strategy Consultation

The Argyll and Bute Community Food Growing Strategy

We are inviting residents of Argyll and Bute to help form the area's Community Food Growing Strategy. Argyll and Bute Council recognise that there are a number of good community food growing facilities already in place in the area and the strategy will help inform how we can support and facilitate further activity. 

The Argyll and Bute Community Food Growing Strategy’s vision is to encourage and enable people in our community who wish to grow their own food, by providing: information on potential community food growing spaces, advice and guidance.

Read our draft Community Food Strategy here >


We would like to hear from those who already grow their own fruit and vegetables, as well as those who do not but would like to give it a try. The feedback will contribute to the first Argyll and Bute Community Food Growing Strategy, which is required under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, and to be finalised by April 2020.

This consultation is open until Monday 7 October 2019 and should take 5 minutes to complete.

You can give your views by completing the consultation here: 

Online consultation >

Or by completing the hard copy of the consultation which can be found here: 

Hard copy of consultation >

Please return your responses to 

Or by posting it to: 

Sheila McKenzie
Senior Admin Support
Argyll and Bute Council 
Manse Brae
PA31 8RD

If you have any enquiries, please email via this address:


Message from Councillor Aileen Morton – Leader of Argyll and Bute Council

“I am pleased to introduce the Argyll and Bute Council Community Food Growing Strategy, which we have a duty to produce by April 2020 as set out in Part 9 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.

“As a rural local authority with 23 inhabited islands, we have a long established culture of growing our own food, with its multitude of benefits from the availability of nutritious and affordable food to social, health and environmental benefits.

“I’m impressed with the variety and range of growing spaces we have in Argyll and Bute, including allotments, community gardens, school gardens, orchards, crofts allied with the use of vacant sites, adding life to otherwise forgotten spaces.

“As a council, we are committed to assisting individuals and community groups to achieve their goal of growing their own and have put in place a number of measures to help achieve this.

“Our Community Food Growing Strategy will contribute to Scotland’s wish to become a Good Food Growing Nation by enabling those people interested in growing their own to enjoy and benefit from nutritious, healthy food.

“I am pleased to promote our culture of growing our own food through the Argyll and Bute Council Community Food Growing Strategy and to acknowledge productive growing activity while also empowering people and community groups to take up the challenge.”


Consultation dates: 

2 Sep 2019 to 7 Oct 2019

Contact Name: 

Marina Curran-Colthart